Wild Culture Farm hosts an active Intern Program facilitated through the WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) organization. We’re looking for those who want to experience what real farm & homestead work is like on a small, diverse, & young permaculture farm. We’ve found a lot of people want to learn by seeing and applying permaculture principals and honing their homestead skills. We feel there is no better way to truly find out if this lifestyle is right for you than by spending some solid “dirt time” in a small farm & homestead environment.
Since 2011, we’ve hosted educators and students who share a passion for living a self-sufficient and holistic lifestyle that is in harmony with nature’s systems (we started homesteading & hosting teachers & students interested in these topics in the heart of Silicon Valley before we even began to farm!). We love the cross-cultural knowledge, experience sharing, and world community building that has come from having these guests from all over the world. Thus far we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming nature educators and students from Australia, France, Brazil, Malta, Columbia, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malawi, England, and across the USA.
Interns are involved in all aspects of the farm, but, depending on current openings, may have the option to dive deep into the following areas where they will, with guidance, have a specific focus each day.
We suggest a 3 month stay to get the full experience of farm & homestead life but can negotiate shorter options if needed. Of course, as a highly integrated yet diverse farm, all roles cross boundaries in multiple ways and everyone is expected to chip in when and wherever help is needed.
NEW for 2020: Earn your PDC [Permaculture Design Certificate] from Santa Cruz Permaculture while interning at Wild Culture Farm! This is a fully immersive experience that requires a 6-month commitment.
Offered April to September & October to March ONLY. Scholarships possible.
*NOTE: 3-month commitment required for specialty internships. All internships limited by space available so apply early!
Here are some of our most recent reviews from others who have stayed with us (& more reviews may be found on the WWOOF website)…
“A great farm for my first experience WWOOFING – Jennifer knows about a great variety of farming and permaculture topics including different composting methods and animal care, and is generous providing a lot of food options and homey, comfortable accommodations. Be sure to check out all her cool farming and DIY books too! A wealth of information here. The surrounding area is great too, no shortage of options to suit any budget and interest!” – Nina from New York, USA
I had an amazing experience here. Jen is super generous with her knowledge and resources. The work was diverse and rewarding. – Henrietta from Australia
I spent a week at this gem of a farm and enjoyed every second. The people, accomodation, and land make it a tough place to beat. I was able to help out with a variety of tasks around the farm, and also felt like I learned a lot. Amazing WWOOFing experience! – Katherine from USA
We absolutely loved our time here. Jennifer is the kindest and truly willing to teach and give tasks that you are interested in and want to learn more about. The accommodations, the food, the people, and the location are wonderful. The work is enjoyable, lots to learn about permaculture, and there are lots of fun things to do nearby. We would have stayed longer if we could have! – Maria & Daniel from North Carolina, USA
If interested in getting your hands really dirty with us, please apply thru the WWOOF-USA platform or, if that is difficult, send a short message to email@example.com and we will reply with what information we require. Please mark WWOOF Application in the subject line of the email.